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Pinto Thai

Pad Kee Mao, also known as “drunken noodles” at Pinto Thai in Ramona. First time trying this dish and I wasn’t really impressed. The texture of those wide noodles was just off putting. I think I’ll stick with their excellent Pad Thai, fried rice or curry dishes next time.

Mariscos Mar de Cortez

Tasty tamale and enchilada combination plate at Mariscos Mar de Cortez in Ramona! Unfortunately their cheese enchiladas aren’t coming out hot enough. Almost room temperature.


“The Super Bird” is an excellent hot sandwich at Denny’s! Sliced turkey breast with bacon, Swiss cheese and maters on grilled sourdough. It’s always hard for me to decide between this and my beloved “Moons Over My-Hammy”.

Wasa Sushi

Wasa is our local Ramona sushi type restaurant. Ownership of this place changes every couple of years. Sometimes the name too. I don’t think they’re even open right now. Not sure why. During my last visit I enjoyed a nice shrimp tempura roll and crispy gyoza.

Mamma Ramona’s

I finally checked out the new Mamma Ramona’s recently for dine-in! Upon entering I was immediately struck by the interior remodel. The place looks stunning. I recall going into Mamma Rosa back in the day; it always felt like being in a funeral home. The parking lot is much improved, too. It used to seem like war-torn Kosovo. Craters and what not. It’s nice and smooth now.
I ordered one of my favorite dishes, cannelloni, which is not often found on Italian restaurant menus. House-made pasta sheets rolled around a beef and sausage filling; topped with red sauce & mozz then baked off. Sort of like an Italian enchilada. Mamma Ramona’s cannelloni was outstanding! Warning: when it comes out, it’s about 9,000 degrees. Allow it to cool for a few minutes and start with small bites. My dinner included garlic bread plus choice of soup or salad, only $15.
If you know me, you know I love salads in a wooden bowl. Imagine my delight when my salad came out in a wooden bowl just like at the Weev. The greens were fresh and crisp, with none of that fancy tissue paper lettuce that you can’t even stab with a fork. There was no juice spooge from my pepperoncini, totally dry inside, but the flesh was firm and tasty. My son had the lobster bisque. I didn’t try it but it looked rather thick and viscous. He used the term “pudding” to describe the consistency.
I am pleased to report that Mamma Ramona’s is now serving beer & wine! Overall it was a really nice experience. I was impressed. The service was thorough, friendly and knowledgable. If there were ever any “kinks” after the ownership transition, they have been “worked out”. I will say, the chairs at their new high-top tables are somewhat uncomfortable, but you get used to it after a few minutes. Highly recommended.

The Par Lounge

Excellent char-broiled salmon at The Par Lounge in Ramona!

The Par Lounge

Tasty “Main Street BLTA” omelette at The Par Lounge for brunch. Smashed avocado, bacon, tomato, cheddar & jack cheese. Not sure what the “L” stands for. Unfortunately the cook added mushrooms which left me shocked and appalled.

Ramona Cafe

Outstanding “Spanish Omelette” at Ramona Cafe! Looks like a hot mess but it was delicious. Filled with a liberal amount of taco seasoned ground beef, green chilis and their excellent salsa; topped with melted monterey jack cheese. All of that going on no doubt contributed to the weepage out the side. Comes with home fried taters and your choice of toast, hot biscuit or English muffin. I always get the English muffin and it was toasted beautifully today. Only $11.99 – I highly recommend.

The Par Lounge

Excellent Hot Pastrami sandwich with tasty fried tots at The Par Lounge in Ramona!

Mariscos Mar de Cortez

Outstanding “Tampiquena” at Mariscos Mar de Cortez! I’ve been eating here since they opened and this is probably one of the finest dishes I’ve had here. I appreciate that everything comes out on a screaming hot plate – too hot to touch. One of my key metrics when judging a good Mexican restaurant. Created in 1939, Tampiquena is a popular meat dish in Mexico. Typically consisting of strips of roasted meat, enchiladas, etc. At Mar de Cortez they’re using a delicious grilled carne asada flap meat. Includes one cheese enchilada and all the fixin’s appropriate for a Mexican combination plate – plus hot, supple tortillas. Only $17.99.
I’ve had to endure eating in parking lots for a while now. What they’ve done here is really impressive. One of the best examples I’ve experienced so far with ample shade. Not nearly as miserable as I was expecting when I see it driving by. Even on a 100 degree day! Numerous oscillating fans ring the perimeter; attractive foliage; good music and whatnot. They even had the banquettes out there. Although the one I sat at could have been more level.
Like most Mexican restaurants, there’s now a nominal fee for chips & salsa. Only $2.50 here but the serving size is noticably larger than what I recall pre-‘rona. Lastly, I have to give high praise to their “salad” that acompanies some of the seafood meals. See photo below. A simple cabbage and mater blend tossed is a tasty dressing. It was super good! I could not shovel it in fast enough. Perfect on a hot day.

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